Personal, physical and socioeconomic factors affecting farmers' adoption of land consolidation

S.T. Akkaya Aslan, K.S. Gundogdu, E. Yaslioglu, M. Kirmikil, I. Arici

Abstract


Ownership of agricultural land is very fragmented in Turkey, as is the case in countries within central Europe. This prevents agricultural efficiency from reaching desired levels. Land consolidation involves redistributing land ownership so that individual farmers own fewer, larger, more compact and more contiguous land parcels. In Turkey, generally voluntary land consolidation projects are performed, while some financial limitations and political conditions prevent land consolidation reach to its desired level. For this reason, only 2.2% of the agricultural areas have been consolidated so far. Ideally, farmers adopt consolidation and are pleased by its results; this helps maintain the sustainability of the land structure formed by consolidation and accelerate acceptance of consolidation in other areas. In this study, the factors that are effective on farmers' adopting land consolidation and their contentment were investigated. For this purpose, the results of the survey carried out in the selected villages within the Bursa-Karacabey plain were assessed using a logit model. According to the results obtained from this consolidation study, the criteria farmers value are the utilization of the irrigation system, reduction of inter-farmer conflicts, shaping parcels into a form proper for mechanized agriculture, and forming parcels of large dimensions by consolidating parcels. A higher level of contentment was observed among the farmers who were provided with above mentioned factors.

Keywords


TURKEY; AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURE; LAND REFORM; LAND CONSOLIDATION; SOCIAL CHANGE; RURAL DEVELOPMENT

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DOI: 10.5424/sjar/2007052-240